What would happen if you crossed FX’s Justified with AMC’s The Walking Dead? It might look something like The Survivalist (Finest Hour), the newest addition to Dr. Arthur Bradley’s popular apocalyptic adventure series.
Like other end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novels, The Survivalist, follows survivors of a global pandemic. In this case, the Superpox-99 virus has wiped out nearly the entire human race. Governments have collapsed. Cities have become graveyards filled with unspeakable horror. People have resorted to scavenging from the dead, or taking from the living. The entire industrialized world has become a wasteland of abandoned cars, decaying bodies, and feral animals.
To stay alive, Deputy Marshal Mason Raines and his faithful Irish wolfhound, Bowie, must forage for supplies while enforcing their own brand of frontier justice. Venturing out from the small town of Boone, they travel east, discovering a nation overrun by vigilantes, mercenaries, and grotesque survivors of the pox. As they struggle to instill order, they too must find their place in a world consumed by lawlessness and anarchy.
“The Survivalist may be the best post-apocalyptic series out there,” said Steve Erwood of the Disaster Preparedness Blog. “In addition to a steady stream of gunfights with zombie-like mutants, roadway bandits, and opportunistic warlords, the books teach dozens of useful survival tricks. Learn to hotwire cars, construct homemade booby traps, build garbage-powered generators, and retrieve fuel from abandoned gas pumps.”
Bryan Foster, author of The Prepper’s Handbook, said “It’s rare to find books this entertaining that are so well researched.” Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of Extinction Horizon, added, “The Survivalist books are incredibly addictive. They create a cool western vibe not seen since Louis L’Amour’s timeless classics.”
The first book, Frontier Justice, sets the apocalyptic stage, as well as introduces readers to Marshal Raines, his anti-hero father, Tanner, a quirky twelve-year-old girl, Samantha, and the beloved wolfhound, Bowie. The next five books, Anarchy Rising, Judgment Day, Madness Rules, Battle Lines, and now Finest Hour, follow their adventures through a host of colorful settings, including Ashland’s Paramount Arts Center, an Amish farm in Salamanca, and a maze of secret tunnels beneath the nation’s capital.
The Survivalist (Finest Hour) is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook at all major book retailers.